Alex Pheby


This week we speak to Alex Pheby about having different editing and writing persona, blending fiction with historical research when you are writing about real characters, hitting 3,000 words a day and whether it’s rational to have any faith in an external reality.

Alex’s novels include ‘Grace’ (Two Ravens Press), ‘Playthings’ and the forthcoming ‘Lucia’ (both Galley Beggar Press – https://www.galleybeggar.co.uk/alex-pheby)

Playthings is forthcoming  in North America published by Biblioasis: http://biblioasis.com/shop/forthcoming/playthings/

You can follow Alex on Twitter @alexpheby

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Esther Kinsky

This week we speak to Esther Kinsky, recent winner of the Leipziger Buchmesse Prize and author of River from Fitzcarraldo Editions.

We talk about the interplay between memory and writing, walking the river Lea and urban change in London and trying to apprehend the gap between sensation and the experience of language.

River is available in English: https://fitzcarraldoeditions.com/books/river

Follow Fitzcarraldo Editions on twitter: @FitzcarraldoEds

Details on the Leipziger Buchmesse Prize: http://www.preis-der-leipziger-buchmesse.de/de/Preistraeger/

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Michael Stewart

This week we speak to Michael Stewart.

We discuss performing plays in prisons, how dialogue decides form, the explosion of indie publishers in Northern England, and how to escape if you’re locked in a shop with a stranger…

Michael is the author of the novels ‘King Crow’ and ‘Cafe Assassin’ and the collections ‘Couples’ and ‘Mr Jolly’

Michael’s latest novel ‘Ill Will’ is published this month by HarperCollins imprint HQ Stories.

Ill Will – https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780008248154/ill-will/

King Crow and Cafe Assassin are both published by Bluemoose Books – https://bluemoosebooks.com/books)’

Both collections by Valley Press – http://www.valleypressuk.com/author/51/michael_stewart)

You can follow Michael on Twitter @headspam

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Iosi Havilio

This week we talk to Argentine author Iosi Havilio.

We speak about his upbringing in Paris and Buenos Aires, the links between music and literature and the process of creating and exploring a unique new universe with each progressive novel.

Open Door, Paradises and Petit Fleur are all published by And Other Stories, you can buy them here: http://www.andotherstories.org/book/petite-fleur/

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Megan Dunn

This week we speak to Megan Dunn, author of Tinderbox (Galley Beggar, 2017).

We cover the act of balancing fiction and non-fiction, wrestling with the estate of Ray Bradbury and writing the great mermaid novel of the Western canon.

You can find Megan’s website at: https://www.megandunn.org/

Follow her on Twitter: @MeganDunn90

Tinderbox is available from Galley Beggar Press: https://www.galleybeggar.co.uk/shop-1/z7du0g4kxeypqtatvaftcnxrjqil2d

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Episode 01 – Neil Griffiths

In this episode we speak to Neil Griffiths, author of the recent As A God Might Be published by Dodo Ink

Neil was winner of the Authors’ Club First Novel Award for his earlier novel Betrayal in Naples, and shortlisted for best novel in the Costa Book Awards for Saving Caravaggio.

Neil is also the founder of the Republic of Consciousness Prize which recognises independently published novels that combine ‘hardcore literary fiction and gorgeous prose’.

We discuss the ecosystem of fiction, the present golden age of indie publishing and the Republic of Consciousness prize, which Neil founded.

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